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Board members of the Irvine Christian Foundation prepare to present another round of grants to Navarro County organizations. Pictured are (back row) Toby Romack, Steve Colburn, Charlie Irvine, Ricky Christmas, Monte Mackey,(middle row) Demi Pawzun, Cyndi Irvine, Sandra Mackey, Carol Thomson and Elliana Pawzun. Not pictured is Twania Christmas.

The Irvine Christian Foundation Grants is offering more grants to Christian non-profits of Navarro County to assist them in spreading the word of God. The online application process is now open, with deadline set for Oct. 15.

To apply, visit irvinechristianfoundation.org to print the application, which may be mailed to Irvine Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Corsicana, TX 75151.

To qualify, applicants must be a non-profit, Christian organization with 501(c)3 status based in Navarro County.

Charles Irvine and his wife, Cyndi, established the foundation to benefit faith based non-profits in Navarro County. After Charles' passing in June 2020, Cyndi and the board keep his legacy alive.

So far, grants have been awarded to Purdon Baptist Church, Calvary Worship Center, First Baptist Church Kerens, United Christian Fellowship at Navarro College, Lone Star Cowboy Church of Nazarene of Navarro County, Cowboy Church of Corsicana, Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish Corsicana, Burn 24/7, Central Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, Ignite RGV, and Living Discipleship Ministries, Baptist Student Ministry, First Baptist Church, The SPOT, Single Believers Ministry of Corsicana, and Living Discipleship Ministry of Chatfield.

In a previous interview with the Daily Sun, Cyndi described her husband as a jack of all trades, detailing his professional credentials working as a certified public accountant, “Farmer Brown” – her personal favorite, and establishing the Mini West Storage facilities, among other ventures.

After selling his business and receiving a life changing cancer diagnosis, Charlie invested in his lifelong passion, giving back for the glory of God.

“It's his life's work.” Cyndi said. “He said, 'This is what I'm going to do. I'm going to give everything back to God.' He saved his whole life and funded this thing.”

Capital contributions from the Irvines established the Irvine Christian Foundation in 2017, awarding its first grant to Grace Community Church of Corsicana in 2019.

“The goal of it is to provide the funds to spread the word of Christ.” Cyndi said. “The things it could be used for are limited only by the imaginations of the people who are asking for money. Anything that could infuse life into the spiritual wellness of Corsicana or Navarro County.”

For those who wish to contribute to the foundation's mission, donations and memorial tributes are accepted by mail to Irvine Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Corsicana, TX 75151.

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